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Chesapeake Bay Retriever

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Origin / History The origin of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is fascinating. During the winter of 1807, an English ship was wrecked and was discovered near Maryland's coast. Among the survivors were two Newfoundland puppies. These puppies were cross-bred with Irish Water Spaniels, Bloodhounds, and probably other breeds as well, the result of which became Chesapeake Bay Retrievers. This breed was granted recognition by the American Kennel Club in 1885 and is now known as Maryland's state dog as well as University of Maryland's mascot.

Dogs of this breed are great water fowl retrievers. In fact, these dogs can retrieve as many as 200 ducks in just one day. Aside from that, these dogs also excel in tracking, watchdogging, guarding, hunting, and even in competitive obedience and field sports.

Appearance These dogs have muscular and powerful physiques. Their coats are short, slightly wavy, waterproof, and are slightly oily. They have round, broad heads, and thin lips. They have ears that hang down over the sides of their heads. They have webbed toes and strong hindquarters which help them to be very good swimmers. Their chests are large and powerful, helping them break ice apart when they hunt for ducks in waters covered with ice. They also have clear eyes that are yellowish or amber in color.

Colours Dogs of this breed can have coat colors that are in shades of brown (from light brown to dark brown), sedge (shades from bright red to yellow red), and deadgrass (shades from tan to straw). They can also sport markings of white on their stomachs, feet, and chests.

Temperament These dogs are intelligent, friendly, loving, and easy to please. They can be slow to mature and slow to learn, but they're very trainable. They are affectionate and can get along well with children. They can even get along well with cats that they were raised with. These dogs have minds of their own, which makes training them quite a challenge for novice dog owners. They can also be aggressive with strangers and they don't like it when an unfamiliar character crosses their territory.

Height and Weight 53 - 66 cm in height and 25 - 36 Kg in weight. Males are larger than females and at the top end of the size ranges.

Common Health Problems Like other large breeds, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever can be susceptible to having hip dysplasia. These dogs can also be afflicted with eye problems.

Living Conditions These dogs prefer cool climates and they like sleeping outdoors. Since they can be relatively inactive when kept indoors, they will not do well if kept inside apartments and should be provided with at least an average-sized yard where they can play and do some activities.

Exercise Requirements Since these dogs can become mischievous if bored, they must be provided with vigorous activity. Owners need to take their dogs out for long walks or jogs daily. These dogs will also appreciate being made to swim as often as possible.

Training Requirements Training dogs of this breed requires patience and owners must start training their dogs right from puppyhood. These dogs must undergo obedience training and it is important that they undergo proper socialization early on. The owner must exude confidence and authority when training these dogs and employ a kind but consistent approach.

Life Expectancy The Chesapeake Bay Retriever can live for as long as 10 to 12 years.

Grooming These dogs have coats that are easy to groom. Owners have to brush their dogs' coats with a firm bristle brush in order to keep the coats free from dead hairs. More attention should be given to the dogs' coats once they start shedding. Owners should also bathe their dogs occasionally to keep the dog from smelling. However, they should not do this frequently as it might strip the coat of its natural oils that protect the dog from icy waters.

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